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Stunning contemporary tabletop designs inspired by historical decorative objects from the world’s great museums.
By Jane Schulak and David Stark
Text by Kathleen Hackett
Photography by Aaron Delesie
Throughout history, tabletop decoration has been at the nexus of utilitarian function and innovative design. In At The Artisan’s Table, designers and event producers Jane Schulak and David Stark pair historical table wares from the world’s finest design museums with pieces by an international array of contemporary artisans who reinterpret traditional crafts and styles, including Aptware (marbled clay), blue-and-white Delft, chinoiserie, faux bois, plaster, splatter ware, and trompe l’oeil. Each chapter features a museum object that serves as a “muse,” the work and studio of the artist who has updated the traditional craft—including ceramicist Roberto Lugo, plaster artist Stephen Antonson, and fifth-generation quilter Loretta Pettway Bennett—and gorgeous table settings designed by Schulak and Stark that incorporate the artist’s handmade wares and provide inspiration for everyone who has ever wished to wow their dinner guests.